Welcome to the Sierra Leone Poverty Alleviation Charitable Trust

The Sierra Leone Poverty Alleviation Charitable Trust is a registered charitable organisation with the United Kingdom Charity Commission Registration Number 1177207.

The Trust was established on the 15th of August 2017, in response to the deadly mudslide which took place in Freetown on the 13th and 14th of August 2017, killing over 1000 people, with thousands more – including children, now orphaned and homeless .

The aim of the Trust is to help combat poverty in Sierra Leone, especially child poverty.

With the generous support of hundreds of donors from around the world, we are raising funds to help tackle poverty in Sierra Leone.

The Trust is based in the UK and has a Board of Trustees who provide governance oversight and ensure accountability, with regard decisions as to  how the funds are spent.

We hope you will find this site useful in understanding what we do, and how you can play a part in helping to alleviate poverty in Sierra Leone.


Mrs Beryl Juma (MBE)

Dr. Fawzia Thomas (Treasurer)

Dr. Victor Labor

Dr. Babatunde Gbolade

Mr. Abdul Rashid Thomas (Founder & Chairman)

Ms. Rashida Olivia Thomas (Secretary)

Rev. Dr. George Williams

What we do

We are raising funds to help victims of the massive flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where about a thousand people died, with thousands left homeless; and over 600 unaccounted for.

Heavy rains in the West African city of Freetown in Sierra Leone, caused major landslide on the Sugar Loaf Mountain of the city on the 13th and 14th of August 2017. Over 300 of the recovered bodies were buried in Waterloo, Freetown, in mass graves. Hundreds of people are buried underneath the mud where the disaster took place. Over 150 of the 300 buried on Thursday, 17th August are children.

About 1,000 homes were destroyed – many remain covered in deep mud with people buried inside. Sierra Leone Red Cross Society spokesman, Mr. Abu Bakarr Tarawallie said: “We estimate that at least 3,000 people are homeless … they need shelter, medical assistance and food. We are also fearful of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid. We can only hope that this does not happen.”

This is why I am asking for your kind donation to help victims and their families. All donations will be channelled through the International Humanitarian Organisations and local NGOs that are working hard in Sierra Leone to save lives, improve quality of life, reduce poverty, and create a better environment.

Fifteen years ago, saw the end of a brutal ten-year rebel war, which left over 100,000 dead and thousands of people homeless.

Then came the deadly Ebola virus in 2014, which took the lives of over 4,000 people. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest nations in the world, with most people earning less than 60 British Pence a day. More than 40% of newly born children will not live to see their fifth birthday; and over 30% of pregnant women die during or after child birth.

And now heavy rains have taken its toll on a nation that is almost collapsing under the weight of poverty. The landslides which took place on the 13th and 14th August 2017, have left thousands of people homeless, with hundreds dead. Food, clean drinking water, and clothing are now needed to help those that have lost everything.

Please help. And thank you for your kind donation. All funds raised will go directly to victims, through the International Humanitarian Organisations and local NGOs that are saving lives, improve quality of life, reduce poverty, and create a better environment in Sierra Leone.


Tackling Poverty in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone government to provide financial package for mudslide victims

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 June 2018: The August 14th 2017 mudslide, which took place at the Motema Community in Regent, Freetown, Sierra Leone, left over 1000 Sierra Leoneans dead and many displaced, after a heavy and sustained downpour of torrential rainfall. According to yesterday’s report by State House media officer – Lamin Sheriff, after several months …

Sierra Leone Flood survivors stuck in temporary shelters

17 December 2017 The two camps in the west of the capital should have been closed down in mid-November. That was the government’s plan – to first provide temporary accommodation for the survivors and then more permanent housing solutions. Following the intensive flash floods and the mudslide on August 14, three private construction companies stepped in to …

The lives of hundreds of child mudslide victims of Sierra Leone in peril

17 December 2017 As government abandons mudslide survivors 72 families will exit don Bosco on Monday. It is still not clear where this families of 223 women and children will go. The government of president Ernest Bai Koroma promised housing for the survivors few days when the disaster occurred, but the hopes of of accommodation …

How you can help us tackle poverty

You can help us tackle child poverty in Sierra Leone by donating funds to pay for:

  • Educating children that are now orphaned after the disastrous mudslide
  • Feeding thousands of children from poor backgrounds
  • Paying for vital medical care that could make a difference between life and death for many children

You can contact us by completing the contact form above and click send; or send us an email to: admin@sierraleonepovertyalleviationtrust.online

Please click on the PayPal Donate button below to help us tackle poverty in Sierra Leone: